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17th July 2003 - Death of Whistler

Whistler died exactly 100 years ago today, at the age of 69.

In their biography of the painter, Joseph and Elizabeth Pennell record how in the summer of 1903 Whistler had been feeble for some time, but that even on Tuesday 14 July "he was dressed and in the studio, and there were pictures on the easels" (The Life of James McNeill Whistler, London and Philadelphia, 1908, vol. ii, p. 300). According to the Pennells, Whistler had taken a drive out on Thursday 16th July and had not seemed too bad, but the following day when Charles L. Freer was considering taking Whistler out again, the artist suffered an attack from which he did not wake.

To mark the event, a lecture is being given today in the University of Glasgow by the Director of the National Gallery, London, Dr Charles Saumarez Smith, entitled The Taste for Whistler. (Tickets are required for this event.)